Who Is the Mystery Man in My Newest Book, Legend Awakening?
When I met him and he told me about his life—a story I had to write—I knew our first priority was to protect his identity. Leo J. Canyon is the pen name for a successful country music artist, and while he has strong reasons to share his story, the country music community is often very conservative. We created his pen name, signed contracts which protected his identity, and started writing the fictionalized account of his incredible journey.
The three books in the Diaries of a Casanova series, starting with Legend Awakening, follow our fictional version of Leo, named Liam Jackson, from his young adult years through his fascinating career in the public spotlight.
Why did this book “need” to be written? Amazingly, Leo has a specific talent with women. He’s able to evoke The Ultimate Female Orgasm (UFO) in them. Many women experience this exciting external orgasm, but some are afraid of it, unwilling to experience climax because of negative feedback received from partners.
The books share the beauty of the UFO, the almost magical quality experienced by women who climax this way, and the satisfaction gained by the woman’s partner. After all, how could any person not be ecstatic after giving a woman this level of sensual delight?
In our books, the UFO is symbolic of a freedom of female sexual expression. Women should be who they want to be, and feel comfortable in their own skin.
To answer the title question: who is the mystery man? He’s a good person, a practiced lover, a man intent on giving women this hidden, almost taboo happiness. He wants every woman to know that whichever kind of orgasm they have, it’s natural and beautiful.
How does it all end for Liam? Do we leave clues to the true identity of Leo? How much of it real and which parts are fiction? The only way to find out is to take the journey inside Diaries of a Casanova. Pick up your copy of Legend Awakening and see if you can solve the mystery!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander knows a modern woman dreams of an alpha cowboy who takes the reins, and guarantees they’re rode hard and put up satisfied.
Published with Cleis Press, Wild Rose Press, and self-published, Randi writes smokin’ hot romance with heroes who’ll have you begging to ride off into the sunset with them. When she’s not dreaming of, or writing about, rugged cowboys, Randi is biking trails along remote rivers, snorkeling the Gulf of Mexico, or practicing her drumming in hopes of someday forming a tropical rock-band.
Forever an adventurous spirit with a naughty imagination, Randi is also family oriented and married to the best guy in the world, her own cowboy, Kick. Give in to the allure of erotic passion, strong but vulnerable heroines, and irresistibly seductive cowboys, as Randi’s emotional love stories sweep you off your feet and leave you breathless with passion.
Saddle up! And prepare yourself for the sexier side of happily ever after.
Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?
I’m originally from the Midwest, but our home base is northern Texas. My husband’s company moves us around a lot, so we live a bit north of there now. I think everything in life influences my writing, from location to weather to mood to dreams. It’s all part of the real world that helps me create my fantasy world.
Tell us your latest news??
My friend, Jackson Young, a real, live country soul singer, offered to help me promote the first book of the Diaries of a Casanova series, Legend Awakening. Jackson is the cover model for all three of the series’ books. We chose him to fill the boots of our fictional character, and to represent the masked identity of Leo, because we needed a strong counterpart to Leo’s real-life persona.
Legend Awakening is also in a music video! By letting me—and my book—appear in the video for his hot new song, Drunken Angel, Jackson, whom you’ll meet in the video, partnered with Leo and me to bring fiction to life through him. Take a look at it here: http://youtu.be/s3V-npQlH4E and please Subscribe to his YouTube channel to be notified of new videos. He’s written two more songs that will feature my books.
In the video Drunken Angel, you’ll see the realistic interpretation of every one of us who reads romance/erotica. It’s the story of a woman who retreats to her fantasy world of books, and the similar journeys we all take as she goes to a reader’s convention and meets her favorite author. The parallel between make believe and real life finds itself fading as these two world’s collide.
Will Leo ever truly reveal his identity? Probably not, but will there be speculation it’s Jackson? Absolutely! The rumors have already started, but with everyone involved being legally bound to keep the secret, the speculation alone is enticing, even if it’s never revealed. The truth part of this story is so incredibly powerful, that I know you’ll never forget it. I hope you’ll watch the video, read Legend Awakening, and take the journey with us!
When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been writing romance for over ten years. Those first manuscripts—historical pirate romances—are literally under the bed still. I love reading romance novels, spicy ones, especially, and when I began having dreams about characters and scenes and dialogue I knew the creative side of my brain (I was an accountant in the music industry) was trying to break free.
What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
I started out very young reading a variety of romances, from LaVyrle Spencer to Kathleen Woodiwiss, and I’m very grateful to EL James for mainstreaming sexy romances for us.
Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
The character of Liam Jackson in Legend Awakening is a brand new guy, someone my co-writer, Leo, and I created, nurtured and brought to life. I love the guy because he can make a total mess of his life one day, and completely redeem himself the next. Writing with Leo taught me that life isn’t always happy endings but it’s the ending that matters the most—what you choose your life to be is your choice and no one else’s.
What motivates you to write?
I enjoy the free flow of ideas from my brain, creating something from absolutely nothing. Sometimes when I go back and read what I’ve written, I’m amazed that it came from me. There’s some kind of mysticism that occurs when I write, making time fly by and voices speak in my ears. By the way, I have been tested, and I’m completely sane.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Finding the time to actually write. Marketing, planning, interacting with readers and other authors, these are all important and rewarding, but they can eat up eight hours a day if not prioritized and curtailed.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned so much about women’s sexuality, the secrets we keep—even from ourselves. The Ultimate Female Orgasm has been relegated to the realm of myth, and shown mostly in adult-rated films, but it’s a real and organic part of women’s health, that I’m thrilled and excited to be on the leading edge of opening the dialogue about this phenomenon.
Where do you get your ideas?
For most of my books, they come from dreams, daydreams, fantasies, and sometimes from my amazing street team, Randi’s Wranglers. We’re going to be writing a book together—all 125 of them and me—which will be available before Veteran’s Day. The profit from the book, Must Love Horses, will go to an organization that provides therapy to veterans using horses.
What does your family think of your writing?
My husband, Kick, loves it. He’s encouraging and honest in his critiques of the male point of view in my stories. The rest of the family is too young to know what I write, and I hope the day they find out they’ll be well in their twenties. No, thirties!
What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
As you start writing, learn the craft. Find a mentor or a critique group. Take online classes to perfect your skills. No matter how compelling of a story you write, if you don’t have the basics down, your book won’t be a success. I encourage my mentees to publish through a reputable small press first, to learn how to edit—and be edited.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading seven wonderful books to judge for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, so I’m actually not reading any fiction. I am reading a book on marketing, though. It puts me right to sleep at night.
Randi Alexander loves to connect with her readers! Say “Howdy” at https://twitter.com/Randi_Alexander, sign up for her newsletter at http://RandiAlexander.com/, and fall head over spurs for her cowboys at https://www.facebook.com/RandiAlexanderBooks
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